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Message From the Director

Dr. Sharon PlonAs the director of the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Scientist Training Program, I am very excited about your interest in our program. BCM is located in the largest medical center in the world, which provides a rich and highly collaborative environment for students in the M.D./Ph.D. program to conduct outstanding state-of-the-art research.

You will see a large and diverse patient population (as soon as your second week in medical school) in hospitals in the private and public sectors and the largest Veterans Administration Hospital in the U.S. Each segment provides unique cases and training opportunities. A highly collegial and collaborative environment awaits you when considering more than a dozen graduate programs and departments to fulfill your scientific curiosity at BCM, Rice University, or the University of Houston. Our MSTP leadership team is strongly committed to supporting and mentoring each of our students in the pursuit of their goal to become a productive physician scientist.

My own experience as an NIH M.D./Ph.D. program graduate has been instrumental in developing a career that combines research endeavors and clinical practice. The joys and rewards of discovery and patient care provide a lifetime of excitement and challenge. I applaud you for pursuing a training program that will maximize your success in academic medicine throughout your career.

Our MSTP grant is in the 37th year of funding from the NIH, and we also enjoy the strong philanthropic support of our community. We have trained almost 200 physician scientists, and look forward to participating in your career development. I welcome you to join the BCM M.D./Ph.D. Program and our tradition of training leaders in science and medicine.

Sharon Plon, M.D./Ph.D.